Dawson Cornwell




Family Lawyers




Advice type

Children law


High-profile cases

International child relocation


Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements

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Sector Focus

Legal Advisory Services

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Simon Bruce

Spear’s Review

Frequently sought out by high-profile clients and their spouses, Simon Bruce, a partner at Dawson Cornwell, summarises his approach as guided by pragmatism, empathy and a dedication to getting results. His aim, he says, is to reach a settlement in the quickest and most efficient way, thus avoiding unnecessary costs. 

He has been involved in several cases in the Supreme Court. These include the landmark children and abduction cases Re A (Children) (AP), Re B (A child) and Radmacher. The latter was particularly significant in establishing the importance of autonomy and premarital contracts in family law. 

His expertise is highly valued at Dawson Cornwell; the firm’s head of the matrimonial department, Russell Bywater, describes Bruce as a lawyer who ‘revs up the place’ and is ‘dedicated to his clients and pro bono work’.

Bruce is also a fluent French speaker and a previous president of the Family Law Commission of the Union Internationale des Avocats.

Adviser Profile

Simon has been practising for over 35 years and regularly does the top cases. He specialises in complex HNW financial cases and has wide expertise in children’s matters as a result of his work in pro bono family law clinics in London.

Simon is known for his naturally empathetic and caring style. He always tries to reach a settlement in the most efficient possible way. He is a Resolution Accredited Specialist in Big Money cases and Emergency Procedures in financial relief cases, an experienced collaborative lawyer and a trained mediator.

He likes to be up to date with developments in family law and has made a new law, for example with prenups and postnups. 

Simon speaks French and has many international cases and contacts.

Rank: Top Recommended

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